Gov’t clarifies air space agreement

THE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade (MFAET) wishes to correct some errors in a news article published by the Island Sun newspaper on Wednesday 16th April 2015 regarding the Solomon Islands-Fiji Air Services Agreement. A statement from the Ministry said the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to implement the 1990 Air Services Agreement (ASA)…

Pacific’s triple burden undermine advances

THE Pacific continues to face unprecedented health challenges, says World Health Organization regional director Dr Shin Young-Soo. Speaking at the opening of the Eleventh Pacific Health Ministers meeting on Yanuca Island near Sigatoka, Dr Young-Soo said the region’s triple burden of non-communicable diseases, communicable disease and climate change complications threatened to undermine advances in health…

Minister reveals public service reforms

PUBLIC Service minister John Dean Kuku says some reforms to improve public service performances are ready underway. He revealed this in parliament. These reforms include: (1)   The Performance Management Policy (PMP) The management performance policy is aiming at improving performance at organisational, unit and individual levels. The Annual Confident Report (ACR) was the first public…

Accessing justice

Report from ODPP Gizo office THE cancellation of Magistrates court circuits due to the shortage of principal magistrates has affected the disposal rate of matters handled by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) branch in Gizo, Western Province. This is according to the 2014 annual report from the ODPP branch in Gizo…

Cost of Pam to Vanuatu

POVERTY and unemployment in Vanuatu are expected to worsen as a consequence of the devastating impact of Cyclone Pam. According to statistics released today by the Department of Labour (DoL) in Vanuatu, approximately U$7 million or VT7 Billion of personal income have been lost due to Pam. The Category 5 cyclone left a trail of…

A ship with a story

Maersk Alabama visits Noro port MAERSK Alabama, which was hijacked by pirates near Somalia in 2009 and her crew held hostage, made her first trip to Noro Port, Western Province, on Thursday. The container ship arrived at Noro Port around midday on her maiden trip to the nation’s second international port. Onboard Maersk Alabama were…